Cast Was Paid Peanuts Versus ‘Housewives’

Below Deck star Eddie Lucas is giving up his stripes and leaving the high seas to settle in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

Lucas, 37, bought his first home in trendy Hampden earlier this year for $337,000, records show.

But for the veteran of the hit Bravo series – currently in its ninth season – his search for the perfect home wasn’t all sunshine and roses.

“The goal has always been to settle down, put down roots, buy a house,” Lucas told the Post. “But it was difficult to try, and for a lot of people my age and generation, it’s difficult with home prices the way they are and student loan debt at an all-time high.”

However, life on the water helped a little.

“The yachting industry that I was in gave me a better foundation to achieve those goals, but I still have student loans to pay off,” Lucas said, laughing.

Despite being a reality star on Bravo’s top-rated series – with ratings that can surpass even the Real Housewives franchise — Lucas explained that they don’t get paid the same way as the other reality stars. He also addressed why buying a home in this market has been a hassle for so many in the yachting industry.

“There’s someone monetizing the show, but it’s definitely not us,” Lucas claimed. “Below Deck – despite being the most popular show on Bravo – we are the lowest paid performers.”

Lucas explained that it’s been “frustrating” to see other reality stars making millions despite doing work and requiring special licenses for what they do.

“Even though we’re paid better than a regular yachtie, obviously we still don’t get what people like the ‘housewives’ deserve, which is a little frustrating because they don’t really work – they just go eat out and fight,” he said Lucas.

Eddie Lucas on "Under deck" season 4
Eddie Lucas on “Below Deck” in Season 1.
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To add to the frustration, Lucas — who has appeared in six seasons of Below Deck and earned his role as first officer last season — was surprised he didn’t receive a call to sign up for another season .

“I wasn’t invited for another season,” revealed Lucas. “I didn’t even get a call from them saying they hired anyone else – which shows what the production entails. Everyone on Below Deck is expendable.”

The Post has reached out to Bravo for comment on Lucas’ claims.

The townhouse consists of three bedrooms and a bathroom.
The townhouse consists of three bedrooms and a bathroom.
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View of the open floor plan.
View of the open floor plan.
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The living area.
The living area.
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Still, Lucas said there’s always a possibility of a future return. In the meantime, he’s looking forward to settling into his new home and decorating it to his liking.

“I was pretty aggressive in my bid to buy the house because the market is just wild. It’s so crazy,” he said. “We have taken some serious losses trying to acquire property and when I finally found this house I wasted no time.”

Lucas said his offer for the house expired at midnight – and the owners accepted.

An office/den that can be converted into another bedroom.
An office/study that can be converted into another bedroom.
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The kitchen.
The kitchen.
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The dining room.
The dining room.
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The townhouse consists of three bedrooms and one bathroom and is spread over 1,400 square meters.
Lucas, who is now a full-time tractor driver, said he fell in love with the house because it had a lot of character. His girlfriend, Natalie Inada, was the first to spot the house within hours of it going on the market.

“It really ticked the boxes of being big enough. It’s a very old house. It has an original parquet floor. It has original stained glass windows,” said the proud new homeowner. “It has a lot of character. Lots of character.”

Features include an updated kitchen with pantry, a screened back porch overlooking a fully fenced backyard with a fig tree, bedroom with walk-in closet and large basement – a rarity for the Baltimore area.

One of three bedrooms.
One of three bedrooms.
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The back porch.
The screened porch.
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The expansive garage.
The expansive garage.
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“It’s in a really cool place and it’s been quite fun to make it a home and mine. It’s a slow process, but it’s really rewarding,” he added. “I think I was really lucky too. Luck was definitely on my side for this home.”

Lucas also likes that he can live in a place that is close to his family who live in Ruxton.

“I grew up in a great house. My father is an architect. I really fell in love with the area and the architecture here and it was very special.”

Regarding his sailing career, Lucas said that with a two week on and two week off schedule there are many opportunities for new adventures.

“Compared to what I’m doing now, which is very localized dockwork, there’s always that drive, that attraction of being able to go out on open waters again,” he said. “There’s this desire to get out of port and get that sea breeze.”

“For me, the yachting industry was really just a means to an end,” he explains. “And I think that’s true for a lot of people who spend a lot of time in this industry. Many people first come into this industry for the appeal – the exoticism, the glitz and glamour, the opportunity to travel, see parts of the world and get paid for it. It’s awesome.

“But people who really stay there for five, six, ten or more years see the benefits of what this industry can offer you,” Lucas said. “Right now I’m just trying to be here with my family and settle down here.”

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